Calls made for more openness at Portsmouth City Council meetings

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CALLS are being made for public council meetings to become more transparent.

Cllrs John Ferrett and Donna Jones want Portsmouth City Council to encourage people to film, record and take photos at such hearings.

They also want details about what’s happening to be discussed and broadcast live on the internet, so people who can’t make a debate are still kept in the loop.

Cllr Ferrett, Labour group leader, and Cllr Jones, Conservative group leader, are putting forward the plans as a notice of motion at the next meeting of the full council on Tuesday, December 10.

Cllr Jones said the council’s chief executive David Williams should also consider using the big screen in Guildhall Square to broadcast meetings.

‘After the last full council meeting, we had a couple of complaints from residents saying they couldn’t get to it and wanted it to be streamed live,’ she said.

We want there to be more transparency and give people the opportunity to video part of a meeting if they want to.’